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From the Principal's Desk: Friday, 3 December
3 Dec 2021

The Christmas message of Peace, Hope and Love:

"6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6 (ASV)

It is now December, and I am noticing the decorations in the shops, the Christmas catalogues in the mail, and Mrs Grimmett wrapping presents and playing Christmas music (non-stop) in the house. These are all signs for me that it will be Christmas shortly.

Yet, this year seems different.

Christmas has always been a season bursting with family gatherings, parties, work celebrations and catching up with friends from all corners of the globe. While I often lamented being rushed, over-committed and over-socialised, I would trade the unease and apprehension we are presently living in for being rushed and over-socialised - any time.

I long for Christmas, of all seasons in the year and particularly this year, to be a time when I experience God’s peace, hope and love in my life.

Christmas should be a time of peace, not of fear and unrest; yet we fear we may overlook someone on our gift list or worry that they won’t like the gift we bought them. Perhaps (worst of all) they might think our gift too cheap. For some, Christmas brings the added tension of bringing together fractured families. Instead of peace, we dread the inevitable conflicts. Yet, Christmas should be a time of peace.

Christmas should be a time of hope. Christmas is poised at the end of one year and the beginning of the next – at the crossroads of the past and the future. 2021, with its trials and its blessings, is gone. 2022 looms ahead, full of uncertainty but much hope. Yet, here is Christmas – the celebration of a birth that took place 2,000 years ago, a permanent bright spot on our calendars – because God has given us hope. Christmas should be a time of hope.

Christmas should be a time of love, centered around the greatest story ever told – the story of our God who so loved the world that He gave His only Son. Christmas is the story of God’s greatest gift, given to meet our greatest need – because God is love. Christmas should be a time of love.

The Christmas story is retold year after year, yet it never loses its majesty; it never ceases to fill our hearts with wonder, and especially so in this season of uncertainty.

There are three certainties that, if you will let them find room in your heart, will fill your Christmas with the peace, hope, and love you may feel is missing at this time.

Knowing that God is in control will fill our Christmas with peace.
Knowing that God can do all things will fill our Christmas with hope.
Knowing that God cares for each of us will fill our Christmas with love.

My prayer this Christmas season is that despite the uncertainties, you know in your heart the peace, hope and love that is offered to you through the birth of Christ. I also pray that the Christmas/New Year break is a safe and restful time for you and for your loved ones.